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Monday, June 10, 2013

One red dress

So who hasn't seen Gatsby yet?  That would be me. 

This is for two reasons: 1) not a fan of musicals (The Wizard of Oz being the only exception) and 2) I'm afraid I'll become obsessed with 1920s fashion when I haven't yet finished with the newer parts of the century. Currently in the stash are 2 x 1950s, 1 x 1940s and 1 x 1930s patterns that have to be done first. And then I fret about the 1950s trend, and should we be moving on or is there more life in the Mad Men fad yet? These are the things that keep me up at night.

I feel like I'm such a slow sewer. This dress started about a month ago and is only just crossing the finish line today.  I have probably missed the Gatsby trend anyway in the time it's taken...are we on to the 1800s now??


Much like the little black dress, every girl should have a little red dress in her wardrobe.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Skirting the tenth circle



So the atelier has some good news - I'm going back to full time work next week! This is obviously very exciting for my bank balance, although bittersweet, because although I'll have a positive cash flow and be able to buy whatever sewing stuff I want, there will be limited time to actually sew.

I have been planning for this day by focusing on sewing more corporate-appropriate stuff that I can wear to work. This hasn't stopped me from, for example, buying evening dress patterns and Fantastic Mr Fox material en masse from Spotlight but these things will live in the stash for just a little while.

Maybe not appropriate for a work suit...

So here is the latest compromise - a Japanese garden skirt.